• United Kingdom

1992 …2023
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Research Interests

  • In Control his research interests include linear systems theory and analysis and nonlinear system modelling and identification;
  • In Wind Energy his research interests include the dynamic analysis of wind turbines and wind farms, their dynamic modelling and simulation, control system design and optimisation.

Personal Statement

My areas of expertise are Control Engineering and Wind Energy Systems with particular focus on the conceptual design of wind turbines and wind turbine and farm control system design. My research leadership roles include head of the Wind Energy Research Group at Strathclyde and Director of the Industrial Control Centre. The Wind Energy Research Group has more than 70 PhD students and Research Assistants. Additionally, I am Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind Energy Systems, which is hosted by Strathclyde, and its successor, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems, and I Chair the EPSRC Supergen Wind Energy Hub. I am, also, on the Executive Committee of the EPSRC Industrial Doctoral Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy, which is a partnership between Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Exeter Universities.

I am actively involved with many national and international wind energy research and policy committees including the European Academy of Wind Energy Executive Committee, European Energy Alliance Joint Programme Wind Steering Committee and ORECatapult Research Advisory Group.

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Projects 2006 2023

Research Output 1992 2018

Control oriented modelling of a wind turbine and farm

Hur, S. & Leithead, B., 19 Jun 2018, In : Journal of Physics: Conference Series. 1037, 6, p. 1-9 9 p., 062020.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
wind turbines
reproduction (copying)

Dynamic wind power plant control for system integration

Campos-Gaona, D., Anaya-Lara, O. & Leithead, W., 19 Jun 2018. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
Wind power
Power plants


A critical evaluation of wind turbine technology, leading to the development of 20mw multi rotor systems

Author: Branney, M. J., 1 Oct 2013

Supervisor: Jamieson, P. (Supervisor) & Leithead, W. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

A generic evaluation of loads in horizontal axis wind turbines

Author: Kazacoks, R., 1 Oct 2015

Supervisor: Jamieson, P. (Supervisor) & Leithead, W. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Poster Award Winner

David Campos-Gaona (Recipient), Olimpo Anaya-Lara (Recipient) & William Leithead (Recipient), 20 Jun 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2004 2016


Bill Leithead (Chair)
11 Apr 2016

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

SUPERGEN Wind Hub General Board Meeting at Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Leven, Fife (Event)

Bill Leithead (Chair)
29 Feb 2016

Activity: Membership typesMembership of board